All Sorts of Pittsburgers, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania, 1892

Henry Ford Biography

HENRY P. FORD, who is best known to the Pittsburg public as the presiding officer of Select Councils, was born at Hudson, N. Y., October 15, 1837. He is an expert accountant, and in that capacity has been con nected with many of the leading manufacturing concerns in Pittsburg.

In 1853 he commenced his business career as assistant clerk at W. S. Harmer's. In the following year he became bookkeeper for the Associated Firemen's Insurance Company; and when that concern wound up, he took charge of the books of the Eureka Insurance Company, his connection with which continued until 1861. He was then engaged as bookkeeper by Singer, Nimick & Co., with whom he remained for ten years.

In 1871, Mr. Ford established the firm of Emerson, Ford & Co., saw manufacturers, at Beaver Falls, his interest in which continued until 1876. In February, 1878, he was employed as bookkeeper for the Crescent Tube Company, Limited, and afterwards as Secretary and Treasurer for the same Company. In 1881 he went to the Pennsylvania Tube Company as bookkeeper, but gave up his position in May, 1882, on account of typhoid pneumonia and death in his family. For three years, from May, 1882, until 1885, he was thrown into litigation with the firm of Ford & Lacy. He has not been in active business since.

In February, 1881, Mr. Ford became a member of Councils from the Eleventh Ward, and has since been regularly re-elected. On April 2, 1888, he succeeded Mayor Gourley as President of Select Council, and at once made his mark as a clear-headed presiding officer. He was President of the Young Men's Republican Tariff Club in 1891, and is now Vice-President of the Republican County Committee.

Source: All Sorts of Pittsburgers Sketched in Prose and Verse; Burgoyne, Arthur; Pittsburg, PA; The Leader; 1892.
Note: The correct spelling of Pittsburgh in 1892 was Pittsburg. The spelling Pittsburgh was officially restored in 1911.

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